THE PRESIDENCY: Burdens & Bosh

All week long the White House swarmed like an anthill prodded by a two-pronged hickory limb. Leaders of the House and Senate marched in for briefings. Republican politicians filed in for dinner, and more than 700 guests came to dance at the annual congressional reception. During the week, five special messages were packed off to Capitol Hill, while the last decimal points were checked on the sixth and biggest message — the budget (see below). One day Oveta Gulp Hobby clicked in with a bundle of charts and diagrams for the President's...

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